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Calf on the ground!

Posted by on May 12, 2017

“Nobody ever drowned himself in sweat.”   Finally – it is spring! Birds singing, flower and garden planting, evening walks and vacation planning. If your livelihood has anything to do with a cattle ranch though, you best hold up because spring is when the real work begins. Cowmen spend all year turning pasture grasses into steaks to feed the public, and that beef has to be transported to where the meat processors and people are. The new additions to the herd have to be identified and this is done at the Spring branding. In the early days of the great cattle drives, few fences blocked the route from Texas ranches to the rail heads north. Cowboys drove herds to central locations and the trail drives consisted of thousands of head from multiple outfits. Livestock branding was the only way to establish ownership.   Cortes was one of the first to bring fire branding to North America when he marked his Andulusian cattle from Spain with Three Christian Crosses. Today livestock identification is just as important even with miles of barded wire, and fire branding remains the most efficient.     In Texas, brands are registered with the county clerk in which the herd resides. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raiser’s Association has become the...

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Hey Mom, You Should Know…

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

…I Kept the Bedspread. Remember the one that matched that wacky green carpet and odd gold walls in the new house on Cleveland Street? You laid it across your bed one day: mauve and pale pink flowers on a leafy background of green and gold along with a plaid pattern in muted shades of maroon. It matched the flooring and walls perfectly, as if the room had been decorated around that spread. After we admired it for most of one morning, I helped you roll it up and stuff it into the plastic sack. We shoved it back in the top of your closet. “I don’t want to get it dirty,” you told me. “I’ll use it someday.” That someday never came. It seems impossible that over ten years have passed without you. I still have boxes and boxes of your stuff. We sold your red Ford LTD for $3000 and that was the exact amount the movers charged me to move your entire household into the storage area of our office building. I didn’t feel like going through it then. Maybe someday I’ll find the time to sift  through your treasures. Perhaps I will ask the boys to help me. And by the way, your grandsons have grown into fine young men. I...

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Trouble in Texas: Horse Thieves

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017

A wild west adventure story, which all begins because of a missing horse. Click Here: Buy it now! Click on the BOOKS Tab at the top of the page for more details about the book. I’m releasing the first two chapters of my new book exclusively to my Email Newsletter subscribers. For most writers, creating a book can be an intensive, lengthy process and that’s just the writing part. The next step is the submission process which can be just...

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Another Cowboy Rides Away

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” ~JOHN WAYNE We sat through a well-attended memorial service this week for one of our ranching neighbors who  passed away suddenly in a tragic accident. The service was delayed for several minutes because of a wreck that blocked one of the main roads into this small Texas Panhandle town. The Minister had heard that several people were stuck on the road behind the...

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